Male Tree SwallowMale Tree Swallow – Nikon D300, f5.6, 1/1600, ISO 500, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

This male Tree Swallow was perched on a fence post in western Montana last week when I photographed him while the morning light lit him up beautifully. The blue in the background isn’t sky or water it is simply a portion of the distant mountains that were still shaded by the peaks high overhead. The swallows in many of the areas that I traveled to were very busy with nesting activity, I saw quite a few scuffling with bluebirds for nest boxes and bringing in nesting material.